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UTSA launches $13 million Read Malawi textbook and learning materials project

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(Oct. 16, 2009)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) will officially launch the three-year Read Malawi project at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19 in the Main Building Regents Room (3.106) on the Main Campus. In partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the project will provide five million books to 1,000 elementary schools in Malawi. The UTSA event is free and open to the public.

The three-year, $13 million cooperative agreement between COEHD and the Republic of Malawi is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is the largest amount of funding COEHD has received to date. USAID provides economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide that supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy.

>> Speakers at the event will include Sarah Moten, chief of the Africa Bureau Office of Sustainable Development, U.S. Agency for International Development Education Division; UTSA President Ricardo Romo; Misty Sailors, UTSA associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching; and Elizabeth Pate, chair of the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.

The Read Malawi project will provide evaluation and revision of existing textbooks in Malawi, develop complimentary reading materials and teachers guides, produce 90 book titles in both English and Chichewa, the national language of Malawi, and promote shared reading of books across grade levels that builds healthy life skills.

With a population of 14 million, Malawi, a landlocked country in Southeast Africa, is among the world's least developed and most densely populated countries. The life expectancy is 43 years and nearly one million suffer from HIV/AIDS.

In addition to working to improve literacy rates in African countries, the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching was recognized in 2008 as the first program in the United States to receive the International Reading Association Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teacher Preparation and Reading.

It's the second time in five years that the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) was selected to provide educational materials and teacher training to improve literacy rates of children in Africa. In 2005, Misty Sailors, UTSA Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, led the four year $2.5 million Ithuba Project in South Africa that provided 600,000 books for children in grades 1-7 in South Africa.

>> View a video on UTSA's Ithuba project.

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the Unites States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.

Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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